Bulletin Today | News RoundupsA study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine says that when states expanded their Medicaid programs, fewer people died. It may seem common sense that giving low-income Americans more access to affordable health care results in them having better health (and subsequently lower death rates). But critics of Medicaid expansion contend the program does not improve the health of beneficiaries and may even be linked to worse health.
Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt sounds like reasonable advice: The government is urging all baby boomers to get tested for the hepatitis C virus, which people often don’t realize they have and which can damage or destroy the liver. Except there’s one little complication, as msnbc.com points out: A positive result on your hep C test could torpedo your chances of getting insurance if you’re uninsured, or hoping to buy more insurance, such as long-term care. As reporter JoNel Aleccia writes, “Experts in health …
Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAlmost a third of people who bought their own insurance last year will get refunds averaging $127 under a provision of the new health care law, according to a new analysis of state data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit research group. The checks are due consumers and businesses by Aug. 1, but the percentage of those who can expect the rebates varies widely by state, the foundation said. In some states, like Vermont, Rhode Island, Iowa and Hawaii, less than …
Bulletin Today | News RoundupsA recent survey, conducted by Bankers Life and Casualty Company, found 82 percent of middle-income Americans on Medicare say they’re ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ satisfied with access t0 and quality of health care. Only 2 percent said they were ‘not satisfied’ with Medicare access and quality.
The Takeaway: Who Benefits From New Medical Effectiveness Research Fee?; Cancer Screenings Not Always Free
Bulletin Today | News RoundupsBeginning in 2012, a new $1-per-person fee on health insurance plans will be used to pay for medical effectiveness research. A health reform loophole means you could still end up paying for some preventative care services. And retirement and aging policy experts say what questions they would pose in a presidential debate.
Bulletin Today | News RoundupsLast Friday, the Obama administration announced that it would leave defining the “essential health benefits” that must be provided by insurance plans under the new health care law up to the states, instead of specifying some national standard of benefits. And the mothers-to-be of the 1950s could be at the root of today’s obesity epidemic, according to fitness and nutrition expert Melinda Sothern.